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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

I'm mad as **** and I'm not going to take it anymore!

I'm mad as **** and I'm not going to take it anymore!

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I'm not usually one to rant and rave and complain without any solution or silver-cloud (at least usually not often, long or in public). But I've really had it with the test-centered mentality that education has become. My school has been inundated with mandates, scripted programing, strategies, regional visits -- all in the name of increasing test scores. (Which, by the way, DID increase last year!) We need posters on the wall, student work displayed and in folders, fidelity to scripts, speed in delivery - but not too fast that it leaves anyone behind - but not so slow that your class falls behind the others - but slow down so you teach to mastery - but be sure to do at least one lesson per day. Now, to top it off, they have just taken out Science and Social Studies so that we can incorporate more direct instructed, scripted Reading and Math. Yes ... that's right ... we now teach ONLY Reading and Math! And two-thirds of it is scripted! We're becoming "Stepford Teachers". Why do we need intelligent, educated, knowledgeable, experienced professionals when we can have cookie-cutter, mono-toned, amateurs who can read on cue? Silly me for investing all that money in a Master's degree and becoming National Board Certified. I could have saved thousands and just taken a speed-reading course instead. And to make it even worse, we seem to do nothing about it. Seriously, how many teachers are their in the United States? In your State, District, School? Why aren't we protesting? There are so many more of us who actually TEACH yet, it's the few at the top who are making all of the decisions. I know times are tough. I know the economy is bad. I know how difficult it is to stick your neck out and risk your own future. (Trust me, many people would be shocked that I'm posting this.) But isn't this worth fighting for? Aren't our children worth fighting for?

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Brad Flickinger's picture
Brad Flickinger
Elementary Tech Teacher, Tech Integration Specialist

I loved your comment about "Stepford Teachers," sometimes I feel this way. We can do better than this. As a teacher who has been beating the drum for 21st Century Skills in our schools, I am now fighting mad about the need for 21st Century asseessment. You do not find out if students have 21st Century Skills by having them fill in bubbles on a standardized test. There has got to be a better way.
Brad Flickinger
Blog: http://www.SchoolTechnology.org

Sandra Singh's picture

As a Canadian teacher in North Vancouver I have been following recent proposed initiatives by President
Obama to improve student learning. Standardized testing, in my opinion, is not the solution to improve
student performance. There is definitely a place for this type of testing if a school or school district wishes
to get a general overall picture of student performance and then use this data to implement new curriculum
initiatives; however, standardized testing stifles student creativity. We need to prepare our students for the 21st century. That being said, student inquiry and project based learning will enable students to acquire the skills needed to ensure their academic success in this ever increasing competitive world.

Malcolm Robertson's picture

I know as a parent the confusion these different programs and new initiatives can have on students. One year the school can be working on one program only to have that program junked the next year for the next great program. The result can leave students and parents feeling lost and confused with the inconsistency.

Michal's picture
Michal
Teacher and ActiveGrade Partner

and we wonder about the rise in ADD.

Erika, I really appreciate your rant - thanks for being so honest. I find myself wanting to answer your call to action but feeling so unclear about what to do or how. How do we make a change? Politicians all have their plans and are held accountable to the data. How do you fight that? There are always new theories about the best way to teach, hence the adopting one initiative one year only to scrap it the next, as Malcolm said, so how do we agree on a good method and settle into some consistency? It's such a big project. Is it reasonable to expect a sound national educational program? Where do we start?

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